Archive: November 2015

Is An Electric Toothbrush a Better Choice for a Healthy Smile?

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Brushing and flossing are the two best things you can do to protect your teeth and maintain your oral hygiene. The food particles that build up in your mouth promote the growth of harmful bacteria, and as these bacteria multiply they can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and bone loss.

An ordinary toothbrush and box of floss is a good start, but you can take your oral hygiene to the next level with an electric toothbrush.

Better Cleaning Action

Electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing food particles and plaque than manual toothbrushes. The mechanical brush strokes clean more surface area – it’s said you can get up to a month’s worth of manual brush strokes in just two minutes with an electric toothbrush! In addition to better cleaning action for your teeth, studies have shown electric toothbrushes can further reduce gum disease over manual brushes.

The value of an electric toothbrush is even more pronounced for individuals who may have trouble with dexterity. Children and the elderly can greatly benefit from an electric toothbrush because the brush does most of the work with more brush strokes and covering more surface area than a traditional toothbrush.

When you brush with a normal toothbrush, it can also be hard to know how much pressure to use. Too little pressure can leave food particles behind, while too much pressure could damage your enamel and gums. Some models of electric toothbrushes have indicator lights that will shine if you are brushing with too much force.

Easy to Use for Every Member of the Family

Getting kids to brush their teeth can often be a struggle. Even when kids do brush, they often do not brush effectively or long enough to remove all the plaque and food particles from their teeth and gums. An electric toothbrush can be a fun incentive to encourage kids to brush.

Dentists recommend that children and adults brush their teeth for two full minutes, but that can be tiring with a traditional toothbrush. An electric toothbrush does all the work so you can stick with it and get your teeth cleaner, with a built-in timer to alert you when the two minutes are up.

Less Work with Better Results

If you are brushing with a traditional toothbrush, making the switch to an electric version carries a host of benefits.

Electric toothbrushes provide better results with less work. They are easy to use, and can get your teeth and gums cleaner than a regular brush. Perhaps even more important, an electric toothbrush has been proven to better reduce plaque and increase healthier gums. The result is a whiter smile, a more confident attitude, and improved oral hygiene for you and your family.

 

 

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Steps to Fresher Breath in the Morning

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Your regular morning routine might get you out the door quickly, but could be causing bad morning breath, or “halitosis”. We have some tips on how to have fresher breath in the mornings. 

1. Cut out the caffeine.

While it may jumpstart your day, your morning dose of caffeine is also inhibiting saliva production, which can help fight off bad breath. Coffee isn’t the only culprit – caffeinated teas and energy drinks can have the same effect. When your mouth is dry, oral bacteria is easier to flourish, which can cause halitosis. Instead of caffeine, try morning stretches to get your blood flowing and energy level up. If caffeine is absolutely necessary, be sure to hydrate. And if you need to brush after coffee, be sure to wait 20 minutes to allow for the acidity to subside. 

2. No smoking please.

Besides the health risks associated with tobacco use, smoking can stain your teeth and cause bad breath – a double whammy! Your breath can end up tasting and smelling bad due to the combustion of chemical additives and tiny smoke particles left on your tongue, throat and in your lungs. Smoking can cause worse health issues than just bad breath, so quitting tobacco is your best bet for improved overall and oral health. 

3. Bon Appetit

While we recommend you pass on caffeine and tobacco, don’t skip on breakfast! Your mouth can benefit from a boost in saliva production after a long night’s sleep, and a nutritious meal is the perfect means. 

4. Don’t rush the brush.

When trying to get out the door in the morning, your dental hygiene routine is one thing you shouldn’t rush. Not brushing could leave stuck food particles, which contribute to decay and gingivitis (which can also cause bad breath). If the usual brushing and flossing doesn’t do the trick for fresher breath, you can get a deeper clean by scraping your tongue and using mouthwash. If you sometimes forget to brush when hurrying out the door, get a travel-sized dental kit to leave in your bag, car or at the office – Dental Design Studio can help with travel-size toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash!  

5. Check your sleep.

Most of the time, you can notice bad breath from the moment you wake up. It may not be your diet or dental routine, but how you breathe at night. Breathing through your mouth while you sleep can create even more oral bacteria (due to the dry mouth), resulting in a parched feeling and unpleasant breath. Depending on your diagnosis, we can review treatment options, which can include something as simple as a glass of water, lozenge, or humidifier, and in more severe cases, surgery to correct oral issues.

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If morning breath persists despite a change in routine, it may indicate something more serious – from tooth decay and infections, to more serious health issues such as diabetes, liver and kidney problems. Just to be safe, visit with your dentist to determine and treat the root causes of halitosis. We can provide you with a personalized treatment plan to help create a cleaner mouth and fresher breath!

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